Volume 4 | March 2019
Hello YMCA of Dyer County members!

We want to welcome you to our brand new monthly newsletter! You will find that it is filled with educational information, helpful hints and tips, yummy healthy recipe options, upcoming events, news and even some discount offerings! We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please, please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve!

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Upcoming Events
  • March 29th- Parents Night Out -New Event*
  • Youth Soccer Registration extended through March 8th.
  • Be on the lookout for Summer Day Camp and Youth Swim Lessons registrations in late April
  • Dogwood Dash/Pedals & Blooms Event to Benefit YMCA and Mission Blitz-4/13/19
  • Annual Songwriters Showcase- April 13th - Silent Auction proceeds to benefit the YMCA
Coming Soon in 2019!

  • Birthday Parties! (coming later in 2019)
  • New water fountain (provided by Hexpol)
  • Updated vending machine options coming in March- HEALTHIER CHOICES!
  • Donor Recognition Wall
  • Teen Room
  • Operation "Clean Up" - Getting rid of unused items throughout the Y
  • Chamber Business After Hours being planned- to check out our new equipment and all of the improvements that have been made!
Parents Night Out
Sponsored by JA of Dyer County

Parents’ Night Out will be Friday, March 29th from 5:30-8:00pm. Spots are limited and will fill up fast, so register now!

5:30-8:00pm- March 29th
Your kids (3- to 13 years old) (MUST BE POTTY TRAINED) will enjoy a fun night at the Y complete with:
·          Fun Craft
·          Games led by Y staff and JA of Dyer County Leaders
·          Movie
·          Dinner - Provided by Flirty Birds Boutique
·          Cost: $5/child (members) or $15 (non-members). All parents must be back by 8:00pm to collect their children!

February Parents Night Out
Thank you to FLIRTY BIRDS clothing boutique for sponsoring the dinner and drinks for our February Parent's Night Out!
 Contact Sara Jo Fountain for more information- sarajo@soniccountry.com.
Are You Taking A Deep Breath?
   "We always hear chatter about water intake, benefits and staying hydrated throughout the work day. Water is something your body needs on a daily and regular basis for proper functionality. Have you ever asked yourself though “am I getting enough oxygen?” We don’t take into much account our breath. Maybe because it’s something our body does naturally to keep homeostasis.
    Take a moment to notice how deep or shallow your breath is. On any occasion mine is fairly shallow, and I think generally most people can relate to this. With a shallow breath, our bodies are missing out on SO much. Oxygen is used for major components in our bodies, from supporting new cell growth to helping blood flow through our bodies. It also helps anxiety, nerves and relieving our lungs of stale oxygen.
    Deep breathing is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself. There is no one specific, perfect way to do this. The main thing is to inhale fully, meaning expand your lungs, rib cage, and belly (we tend to hold our bellies in out of habit, let it relax for a change)! I like to start my mornings with a few deep breathes to rid my body of stale oxygen and any given time I am feeling stressed I just take a moment to focus on a deep inhale and exhale. You have so many options here, enjoy some breath play!"

Article Written By 2019 Board Member Paige Waldron
Member Spotlight
Name: Connie Smith

How long have you been with the Y?
"About six months."

What is your favorite thing about the Y?
"That everyone is so nice. I'm comfortable there, and I love the equipment; old and new."
Employee Spotlight
Name: Rachel Craig
Job Title: Front Desk Part-Time

How long have you been with the Y?
2 Years

What's your favorite thing about working for the Y?
The people! The people that I have had the privilege of getting to know coming through the doors of the Y.

What's your Y story?
I have been a part of the YMCA since it was at the previous location. My children participated in the Y sports programs as they grew up and I have enjoyed several of the classes that are offered.

What would you like members to know about you?
I think that the YMCA is an important part of our community. I especially like the family atmosphere that we have.
A big thank you to Hexpol for supplying our new water fountain! This new fountain has a filter and easy access to fill up your water bottle.
Dogwood Dash 2019
To benefit the YMCA and Mission Blitz
The 2019 Dogwood Dash/Pedals & Blooms festival will be held on April 13th downtown at The Farmers Market. This years races will benefit the YMCA of Dyer County and the Mission Blitz.

To register for the Dogwood Dash 5k, 1/2 marathon, 2 mile-walk or free youth-1 mile please click here Dogwood Dash.

To register for the 20, 40 or metric century bike ride please click here Pedals and Blooms
Thank you to the Marine recruits!
Thank you to the Marine Corps recruits for volunteering their time to help clean up and organize certain areas of our YMCA. Most of them are waiting to ship to basic training. The Marine Corps believes in creating quality citizens, so they volunteer as a way to show them how to give back to their community.
Recipe Corner- Tona Roberts
  • Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 3 quart pan
  • Add garlic and green beans (boil until beans are tender)
  • Drain cooked green beans and place them in a large mixing bowl
  • Combine the chopped red pepper, onion and mushrooms with the green beans
  • Incorporate the Golden Mushroom Soup into the green bean mixture
  • Place in a seasoned casserole dish and bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven until bubbly and the water has wicked out of the mushrooms and they have turned dark (about an hour stirring once half way through the cooking process to make sure the casserole is thoroughly cooked)
This will serve 6 people.

Skinny Green Bean Casserole
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans (washed, ends removed and snapped)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 small box of sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons of Golden Mushroom Soup
  • 1 quart of reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
Ages 6 and Under
Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Monday -Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meet our Childcare Staff!
Caylee Gilkey
Claire Hopper
Not pictured but photos coming soon: Emilee Palmer, Brittani Moody and Angela Curry
March Family Tips

  1. Today make over your fridge and throw out the junk.
  2. Set a timer to remind kids to take an activity break away from the computer after 20 minutes.
  3. Teach your children that they need to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Have kids lather up with soap to kill bacteria.
  4. Share a story about your a favorite green veggie or fruit.
  5. Cheese is about 30 percent cheaper in the dairy isle than at the deli counter.
  6. To avoid muscle injury, teach your kids to stretch their muscles.
  7. Have your children find as many different colors of vegetables in the grocery store.
  8. Try some kiwi for a tasty green snack!
  9. Decorate your plate with the colors of the rainbow.
  10. Try some green asparagus mixed with pasta.
  11. Have the kids help plan a “lucky” menu full of greens for St Patricks Day.
  12. Make mealtime a happy time! Let your child tell about his or her day.
  13. Children who skip breakfast often mistake hunger pangs for a tummy ache.
  14. Children and teens need 1 hour of exercise each day to helps their growing bones, heart and overall health.
  15. Cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts have heart healthy oil. It makes a great after school snack. One ounce if nuts is equal to one serving of meat.
  16. Have a picnic in the park.
  17. Teach kids about the lucky green vegetable.
  18. Common food that cause allergies: dairy, soy, shellfish, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, egg whites.
  19. Avoid words like “never” and “bad” with foods.
  20. Kids learn about foods during meal time.
  21. Prioritize your To-Do list to schedule family exercise and plan ahead for healthy meals.
  22. You can make French fries healthier by making baked French fries.
  23. Have kids help with chores. It is also a good physical activity for them.
  24. Be patient and positive while kids are learning about healthy foods.
  25. Choose lean meats such as chicken breast, lean ham or roast beef, instead of salami or bacon.
  26. Look for whole grain cereals and breads with at least 4 gram of fiber.
  27. The heart’s a muscle too. Give it a workout.
  28. Avoid foods with trans fat (you can find it in the food label).
  29. Sodas and sport drinks can have as much as 13 teaspoons of added sugar.
  30. Pick a recipe and talk with the kids about what is a healthy ingredient.
  31. Breakfast for lunch? Make pancakes and freeze the leftovers. You can warm them up and pack them up for a fun lunch. Scrambled eggs or a sliced boiled egg can be a hit too (remember the ice pack though).

See full article by clicking here March Family Tips

Current 2019 Board Members
  • Penny Garner
  • Sara Jo Fountain
  • Seth Williamson
  • Ray Lowrance
  • Alyson Pollock

New Incoming Board Members:
  • Mark Waldron
  • Paige Waldron
  • Karen Yeager
  • Angelica Binkley

Randy Butler- CEO
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” That quote from Henry Ford echoes our YMCA promise — we are joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only happen when we all work together to invest in our kids, health and neighbors.
But there is still so much more we can do together. Membership fees pay for costs to operate the YMCA of Dyer County — our staff, building maintenance and utilities. Your gift is what makes our programs and services accessible to all.
We are about to kick off our Annual Sustaining Campaign in April. I am asking for your consideration for support. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and any amount you can afford to give before end of May is deeply appreciated.

Patrick Holden- Sr. Program Director
" Our goal everyday at the YMCA is to help our members and guests achieve a healthy spirit, mind and body. Focusing too much in one of these areas may lead to deficiencies in other areas. Make time each day to focus on your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. If YOU don't, who will? Let the YMCA help you reach that healthy balance."